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Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) compensation claims

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Many people put trust in supervisors and those in senior positions when it comes to informing them correctly on their eligibility to join a lucrative government superannuation scheme. Advice from supervisors and experts who know the product have a responsibility to give the correct advice that is fit for you.

The correct advice was not given to many thousands of hardworking Australians who were employed by statutory authorities such as the ABC, CSIRO and TAA (employees of TAA may have had their employment transferred to Qantas) when it came to their eligibility to join the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS).

As a result of this advice, those that did not join the scheme may be entitled to significant compensation. Shine Lawyers are experts when it comes to recovering compensation following inappropriate or bad advice. We can advise you on your rights and help you start a claim for compensation.

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Common questions about Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) compensation claims

Working out if you are entitled to compensation requires analysis of your individual circumstances, your employment situation, and the advice given at the time you were denied access to the scheme. Every case is different, which is why it’s best to seek legal help from a professional when it comes to determining of you are able to claim compensation.

Most affected workers were industrial or blue-collar workers employed by statutory authorities such as ABC, CSIRO and TAA (employees of TAA may have had their employment transferred to Qantas) Australia-wide. If you were denied access to the scheme, it is in your best interests to come forward and seek legal help. Our lawyers provide advice on a No Win No Fee basis and offer an obligation-free first consultation, which means it won’t cost you anything to get an idea of your rights and entitlements up front.

Our lawyers have discovered that many current and former government employees wanted to join the Government superannuation scheme, but were advised incorrectly that they were not eligible.

Supervisors and senior personnel within the workplace were found to have inadequate or incorrect knowledge about eligibility and instead of making further enquiries, simply advised employees that they were not eligible to join the scheme.

As a result, many workers were denied years of membership in the superannuation scheme and will therefore have a significantly lower payout upon retirement.

How much compensation you are entitled to depends on many factors unique to your situation. For example the performance of the superannuation fund you joined at the expense of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) is taken into account when factoring in the compensation payout.

The difference in the performance of these funds can be substantial, equating to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our lawyers are compensation experts, and after they know more about your situation they should be able to give you a good idea of how much you can expect to receive in compensation should your claim be successful.

No two claims progress in exactly the same way and it is hard to give an indication as to how long it might take for your claim to resolve successfully without knowing your individual circumstances.

Our lawyers can discuss with you in more detail as the length of the case will very much depend on your situation.

Many claims of this nature can be affected by limitation laws which restrict the time period in which a claim can be lodged in court. Time limits differ between states within Australia and bringing about a claim after the time limit can be prohibitive.

Our lawyers can help you determine if your case falls within the limitation period and advise you on your rights and ability to claim compensation after being denied access to the scheme.

Shine Lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you will only pay our fee if your case is successful at the end of the process.

This means that if your claim is unsuccessful at trial, you will not have to pay your legal fees. If unsuccessful, you may be ordered to pay the fees of the Defendant/Respondant.

The legal costs will depend on the amount of work required to resolve your claim. Our lawyers should be able to give you a rough indication of how much this will cost, after knowing a bit more about your situation.

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Featured lawyer: Jan Saddler

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Jan Saddler is an Associate at Shine with over 20 years' experience in professional negligence litigation. She leads a passionate team of lawyers who work hard to right wrong and get the best outcome for clients.

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